Garrett College: A Hidden Jewel in the Mountains

Last Updated on Aug 1, 2018 at 4:25pm | Education

This article is courtesy of The Lake-Front magazine and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue.
Visitors and perhaps even a few locals could be unfamiliar with a hidden jewel in the mountains of Western Maryland - Garrett College. Located on a 62-acre campus in McHenry, near Deep Creek Lake, Garrett College has been providing credit and noncredit programs and value to the community since 1971.
The smallest community college in Maryland, Garrett College serves more than 5,000 credit and non-credit students annually and maintains a strong reputation for: academic excellence, academic support services, unique programs of study, competitive NJCAA Division II and III athletic teams, on-campus residence halls, study abroad opportunities, groundbreaking scholarship opportunities, and collaboration with regional businesses and other organizations.
Adventure Sports Management and Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology, two of the college’s signature programs, have both received national recognition. New programs in sport management, computer science, and addictions counseling (pending MHEC approval) are recent additions to the college’s diverse degree and certificate options. Offerings in allied-health, manufacturing, welding, and hospitality are available through Continuing Education and Workforce Development.
Our students credit Garrett College’s supportive learning environment for their success in school, career and in life. The College’s dedicated, caring faculty and a low 13:1 student faculty ratio, combined with small class sizes, along with a myriad of activities - including clubs and intercollegiate sports teams - create a vibrant, nurturing environment for students from diverse backgrounds to excel. Many students continue their education and transfer to four-year institutions upon graduation from Garrett College.
With one of the lowest tuition costs in the state and region, combined with on-campus residence halls and opportunities for financial aid, Garrett College represents a viable option for parents and students seeking to further their education, while limiting costs and student debt.
To learn more about Western Maryland’s hidden jewel, otherwise known as Garrett College, contact the Admissions Office at 301-387-3044 or visit the Garrett College website at